Biography
As staff arranger for Jean Goldkette (1926) and Paul Whiteman (1927-1930), Bill Challis was largely responsible for majority of the two big bands' most jazz-oriented charts, including Sunday, My Pretty Girl, Changes, Dardanella, and most notably San. Challis also wrote for Frankie Trumbauer's small-group dates with Bix Beiderbecke, and assisted Beiderbecke in documenting piano pieces (including In a Mist). After leaving, he contributed arrangements to quite a few big bands, including Fletcher Henderson, the Dorsey Brothers, the Casa Loma Orchestra, Artie Shaw (Blues in the Night), many radio orchestras, and pop sessions. Challis was active into the 1960s, and in 1986 many of his best arrangements were recorded by Vince Giordano's Nighthawks and Tom Pletcher (The Goldkette Project). ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi



 
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Sugar (arr. by Bill Challis) - Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra (Bix Beiderbecke) (1928)
Bill Challis The Blue Room
Bill Challis' The Goldkette Project - The Blue Room
"Baby Face" - Bill Challis' Smokin' Hot Arrangement! - Bix & His Gang (Tribute to Bix 2009)
Bill Challis-Milenberg Joys-1938
San - Paul Whiteman and His Orch. featuring Bix Beiderbecke, Tram, Jimmy Dorsey and Bill Challis
Bill Challis' The Goldkette Project Tiger Rag
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